Ten days, a dozen stages, hundreds of performers, and Vancouver was once again the centre of #BhangraLove! From the magic of our May 29 opening event, TransFusion, to the dynamic sounds of Saanjh at the Media Arts Mehfil at Surrey City Hall, to a truly mesmerizing evening with Sufi mystic Saieen Zahoor at the Vogue; from an awe-inspiring performance by Qurat-ul-Ain-Balouch at the Fox Cabaret, to two lively Bhangra Village events bringing performers and audiences together for discussions of all things bhangra, to a performers’ reception; to two fantastic days of live performances by local, national and international singers, dancers, musicians, and bhangra teams at Downtown Bhangra; and to a wrap party to end all wrap parties at the Copper Chimney Bar and Grill, this year’s City of Bhangra Festival was an amazing experience from start to finish!
Thanks to all of our wonderful Festival performers, sponsors, supporters, staff, volunteers and – especially - our audiences, for making this year’s Festival the best ever. Your energy, enthusiasm, and no-holds-barred participation guarantees our success every spring, and makes VIBC the vital organization it is today.
Be sure to stay in touch with VIBC, as our work continues through the year – not only in organizing the City of Bhangra Festival (work starts TODAY on COB 2015!)- but also by creating ongoing community engagement through building partnerships with other cultural organizations, supporting local arts initiatives, and working with professional instructors to help teach the art of bhangra to interested youth. VIBC focuses on creating programming that is accessible to the general public, engages all communities, and elevates the arts through education and experience. Our vision is to create an inclusive community for all through the celebration and joy of bhangra, and we need your ideas and support to make this happen!
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Thank you again for being a part of City of Bhangra Festival 2014, and see you next year!
Photo: Balkan Bhangra, Downtown Bhangra June 6, 2014